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Maven explains why he was so “angry” casting Huntsmen vs Empire

Published: 30/Jan/2020 23:08 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 23:16

by Scott Robertson


After an exciting Launch Weekend for the Call of Duty League, CoD veteran and CDL caster Clint ‘Maven’ Evans discussed on a podcast what really happened with the observing of the opening match between the Chicago Huntsmen and the Dallas Empire.

The first Call of Duty League event in Minneapolis, the CDL Launch Weekend, was a welcome return to competitive CoD action for fans of the series, and of the latest installment in Modern Warfare.

The same fans, though, were still quick to hop online and provide plenty of ‘constructive criticism’ throughout the event, but the production noticeably improved throughout the weekend.

That being said, the highly anticipated opening match between two popular teams in the Huntsmen and Empire was heavily criticized for its issues with broadcasting and observing.

On an episode of the Hardpoints podcast hosted by Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow, caster Maven and his partner Joseph ‘Merk’ DeLuca, as well Atlanta FaZe head coach James Crowder discussed what happened.

According to Maven, during the first map the two teams played, only 9 out of 91 kills were shown in the traditional first-person camera. Several fans complained of the extensive use of third-person camera, and even he was frustrated about what he saw.

Activision's CDL season standings.
FaZe and Huntsmen lead the pack after CDL Launch Weekend.

“I’ve never been more angry than I was after that first cast,” he said. “It was so, so difficult.”

He was happy that things improved, but expressed remorse that it was “THAT match” that was affected the most. Crowder admitted he “didn’t enjoy watching that match,” to which Maven replied: “No one did!

Regarding the observing itself, Maven pointed out that the ones who control the in-game cameras aren’t to blame for some of the larger issues, as they were adjusting from one person doing the observing to a team of five, and a lot of the decisions were out of their hands.

“Don’t give the observers hate,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of stuff that they need to work on, but that sure as hell wasn’t what they wanted to do. That was coming from well above their paygrade.”

Skip to 25:23 for the discussion.

The conversation switched to display of stats, which was a noticeable issue during that first match, with a lack of viewable stats that the community is typically used to.

Maven explained that there originally was going to be lower thirds on the broadcast showing stats, but they weren’t included, and that coupled with no topdown stats initially being shown caused people to freak.

They promised there are “going to be tweaks” to how stats are handled, and Maven addressed the lack of a resource like HLTV for CSGO or ESPN for sports as a problem, saying “the fact that we don’t have stats is goddamn insane.”

All negativity aside, all the members of the podcast expressed belief that parts of the broadcast are already the best there’s ever been, and that things are only going to continue improving over time.

Host TeePee said, “Once we get to a more fine-tuned spot, it’s going to be better than it ever was before.”

We’ll see how much change there will be in the broadcast and observing when the Call of Duty League heads to London in February.

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Black Ops Cold War PC requirements: Minimum and recommended specs

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:20

by Tanner Pierce


With Black Ops Cold War just two weeks away from being officially released, Activision and Treyarch have officially unveiled all the PC requirements and recommended specs a fan could dream for, including what you’ll need if you want to run the game on high settings.

Black Ops Cold War is almost here and fans are starting to get hyped for the first-person shooter. With only two weeks left until the game’s official launch, most fans have decided if they are going to be picking it up or if they’re going to be skipping out on this year’s entry.

Up until this point, however, neither Activision or Treyarch given a ton of info about the PC version of the game. That’s now changed as the required and recommended specs have officially been unveiled, as well was the specs you’ll need in order run it on other types of settings.

Black Ops Cold War minimum PC specs

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core I3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 50GB for MP only, 175GB for all game modes
  • Video: Nvidia Geforce GTX 670/Geforce GTX 1650/Radeon HD 7950

Black Ops Cold War recommended PC specs

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core I5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12GB
  • HDD: 175GB
  • Video: Nvidia Geforce GTX 970/GTX 1660 Super or Radeon R9 390/AMD RX 580

Black Ops Cold War recommended PC specs with ray-tracing

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel I7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 175GB
  • Video: Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070
Activision released a handy graphic to explain to PC players what they’ll need.

Black Ops Cold War competitive PC specs

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel I7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 175GB
  • Video: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080/RTX 3070 or Radeon RX Vega64 graphics

Black Ops Cold War Ultra RTX PC specs

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel I9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 3700X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 250GB
  • Video: Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080

As expected, if you want to run the game on extremely high settings, you’re going to need the PC to match it. That being said, the required specs are better than what was required in the beta, with the full game only requiring an I3 processor while the pre-release version needed an I5.

This, however, shouldn’t be surprise, as full versions of games are almost always more optimized than their pre-release counterparts. That being said, it’ll be interesting to see how bad the low-settings PC version looks once it’s live. Here’s hoping that it won’t be too bad.